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  1. First Redwing of the Autumn reported in Gloucestershire yesterday.
  2. I also shoot far less times now that I did say ten to fifteen years ago, I have not shot driven game for probably seven years, after being a syndicate member for a long time, our shooting land changed hands, and the syndicate folded, and I also used to go pigeon shooting on a weekly basis. I now only shoot occasionally, but take great pleasure in being a helping hand on the shoot my son is the gamekeeper on, I have plenty of opportunities to shoot, but my enthusiasm has definitely waned.
  3. Josh Navidi, Hamish Watson and Sam Simmonds are the back row options, with Tadhg Beirne as you said.
  4. How many changes do you think he will make........not many, I reckon, Hogg, van de merwe and Vunipola out, ( if Wyn Jones is fit ), with Liam Williams and Josh Adams in
  5. Poor from the Lions this week, a one off game next weekend to decide the series. The Lions looked tired this week, back three had no ball, and replacements made little difference, and did not score a point in the second half, a couple of iffy refereeing decisions as well. Advantage SA next week I feel.
  6. Yeah he is certainly a raw talent, by the next lions tour of Australia in 2025, he will be a shoe in, if he carries on learning. Would love to see him get a test cap on this tour, but we will have to wait and see, if SA win this 2nd test, LRZ will probably not feature in the 3rd, but a lions win for a series victory, will open up opportunities for the wider squad.
  7. And Gloucester RFC player Chris Harris replaces him, another name to add to the Honours board at Kingsholm. Hopefully Louis Rees-Zammit may get a look in at the third test, as another GRFC product.
  8. Win the first Two, then play all the players who have not appeared in the first two tests in the last......then they all receive test cap appearances for the series, and not just mid -week caps. this would not be a bad team from the uncapped players. 1 Zander Fagerson, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Ian Henderson( capt), 5 Johnny Hill. 6 Josh Navidi, 7 Talaupe Faletau 8 Sam Simmonds, 9 Gareth Davies, 10 Marcus Smith, 11 Josh Adams, 12 Bundee Aki, 13 Chris Harris,14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 15 Liam Williams.
  9. Yeah, a game of two halves for sure, and possible rub of the green as well, but the result was what mattered, one or two changes to the Lions for next week?, who knows.......in Gatland we trust.
  10. South Africa 17-22 British and Irish Lions. A great result, in the first of the three test series, Alun Wyn Jones, Maro Itoje, and Courtney Lawes were outstanding.
  11. Western Sandpiper recorded today at Cley Marshes in Norfolk, a north American wader, this is the first ever sighting in Norfolk, and only the eighth recording in the UK. see Cley Marshes: Western Sandpiper at Norfolk Wildlife Trust....BBC for details.
  12. My wife is so house proud, she puts newspaper on the floor under the cuckoo clock.
  13. The tagged Cuckoo from Loch Arklet in Perthshire, that left our shores on June 12th, has now crossed the Sahara, and its latest location is northern Nigeria, 3,685 miles from its departure site.
  14. Yours are probably from a second clutch, usually laid in June/July, hatching from early July, (31 days incubation) Owls start incubating their eggs as soon as they are laid (they do not complete the clutch first), therefore the last chick could be up to two weeks younger than the first, with eggs hatching every 2-3 days and a clutch of 4-6 eggs. ..........the first clutch would have been laid nearby, probably in another nest location,
  15. Lovely picture of beautiful birds.
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